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Jun 21, 2016

Donald Trump Cuts a Top Aa Top Aide and Opens the Dioor to Change, by Maggie Haberman: NYT | First Draft on Politics. June 21, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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The New York Times

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Donald J. Trump after a campaign rally in Greensboro, N.C., last week.
Donald J. Trump after a campaign rally in Greensboro, N.C., last week. Damon Winter/The New York Times
Donald Trump Cuts a Top Aide, and Opens the Door to Change

In politics, campaign shake-ups can be a sign of trouble or a sign of simple course correction.
In the case of Donald J. Trump’s decision on Monday to fire his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, there were a number of factors at play. Mr. Trump’s children, several donors and even the Republican National Committee had expressed a desire to see a change.
Mr. Lewandowski helped Mr. Trump in the primary race, in which he instinctively hit on the issues that the Republican base cared most about — ending free-trade deals, curtailing immigration and bringing an end to an interventionist foreign policy.
But that freewheeling style has not served him as well recently. And Mr. Lewandowski was, among other things, in charge of fund-raising for the campaign. At the end of May, Mr. Trump had just $1.3 million in cash on hand, compared with $42 million for Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump now has a chance to demonstrate a different aspect of his candidacy to the Republicans who have expressed interest in giving him a chance, including evangelical leaders who will meet with him on Tuesday.
And his top adviser, Paul Manafort, must staff a campaign, but with a bit of a freer hand, without a constant sense of internal chaos. Mr. Trump has opened the door to change — but to gain ground, he now must walk through it.

Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Dallas last week.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
Mr. Trump began June with $1.3 million in campaign cash, trailing Hillary Clinton by more than $41 million, the biggest disadvantage for a major party’s nominee in recent history.

Corey Lewandowski, at Trump Tower in New York in early May, has guided Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, until now.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
The embattled campaign manager’s dismissal comes amid concerns from allies and donors about Mr. Trump’s preparedness for a general election.
Hillary Clinton campaigning in Pittsburgh on June 14. This week, she will speak in Ohio about Donald J. Trump’s economic proposals, and in North Carolina about her own.
Hillary Clinton to Pummel Donald Trump on Economy, Calling Him Uncaring
In a speech on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton plans to portray Mr. Trump as an unscrupulous businessman whose policies would lead to another financial crisis.
Hillary Clinton at a campaign event in Cleveland this month. A “super PAC” backing her plans to spend $147 million across eight states, including Ohio.
‘Super PAC’ Backing Hillary Clinton Raised Largest Haul of the Year in May
Priorities USA Action pulled in $12.1 million last month and entered June with over $50 million on hand, highlighting Mrs. Clinton’s organizational advantage over Donald J. Trump.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in The Woodlands in Texas last week.
Donald Trump Tweaks Language on Guns, Alcohol and Public Places
The clarification signified an about-face for Mr. Trump, who heartily embraced the argument that more guns equals more safety when discussing the recent massacre in Orlando, Fla.
Secret Service agents onstage with Donald J. Trump during a campaign event in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Man Arrested at Rally Tells Authorities He Wanted to Kill Donald Trump
Michael Steven Sandford tried to grab an officer’s gun from her holster at the rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, a complaint filed in court said.